Flea and Tick Prevention in Houston, Texas
As a pet owner, you have many responsibilities when it comes to keeping your pets happy and healthy. One of the most important responsibilities is protecting them from fleas and ticks. This is something that our veterinarian at Pet Medical Center of Katy in Katy, Texas cannot stress enough. Here is why preventing an infestation is much easier than treating one.
Dangers of Fleas
A flea infestation can make your pets very uncomfortable. Not only can the fleas infest your beloved animals, they can also infest your home if the problem becomes too severe. A flea epidemic can cause serious health problems for your animals, including allergic reactions, blood disorders, tapeworms and hot spots.
Dangers of Ticks
Ticks can be very dangerous to your pet’s health. Ticks carry diseases including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and Ehrlichiosis. Each of these diseases are very serious, and can be life-threatening.
Preventing Flea and Tick Infestations
It is essential to protect your beloved pets from fleas and ticks all year long. Many pet owners will stop the flea and tick medications during the winter season. This is a mistake. Fleas and ticks are just as much of a danger during the winter as they are in the summer. Fleas can live in temperatures of 33 degrees without a host for five days. If your pets bring just one flea inside, that is all it takes to start an infestation. Ticks are a very hardy parasite, that can survive in almost any element. Regardless of the time of year, it is essential that your pets are treated. There are a few options our veterinary team can help you with, and they may include:
- Oral Flea and Tick Control (dogs only): This prescription medication comes in a treat form and is given to your pets once a month. Dogs generally love it, so protecting them from fleas and ticks is as easy as giving them a treat!
- Topical Treatments (dogs and cats): Liquid topicals are applied once a month to your pets’ skin, right between their shoulder blades. As long as you keep up with the treatments, your pets can remain free of fleas and ticks.
If your pets develop a flea infestation, you would need to treat your pets and home. This can be a hassle for some. To avoid all of this, you can get flea and tick preventative medicines from our veterinarian at Pet Medical Center of Katy, serving Katy, Houston, and surrounding areas. To schedule an appointment, give our veterinary team a call today at 281-392-7544.